Nancy lived in Chicago her entire life prior to moving to Aiken seven years ago.  She received her formal education at Chicago's Roosevelt University where she graduated with a major in Communications.

Nancy met her eventual husband John when both worked for the Quaker Oats company.  Later, Nancy worked as Customer Service Supervisor for American Express Travel Related Services, then held various positions including Human Resources Specialist for defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation.

The Meinhardts purchased property in Aiken in 2007, built their dream house, and moved here in 2009.  They joined the Academy in 2010 soon after arriving here.

Nancy and John quickly became active members of the Academy’s Curriculum Committee and served together as Curriculum Co-Chairs for the 2012-2013 academic year as well as representing the Committee on the Academy Board for that year.

John and Nancy Meinhardt

For the last two years, Nancy has been back on the Board as Public Relations Chair (now renamed Publicity Chair).  Her efforts over the past two years have resulted in more than twenty well-written articles about the Academy being published in The Aiken Standard and other area periodicals such as Life in Woodside Plantation magazine.  Her submissions, which shared information on both class schedules and specific class activities, included many of her photographs and have both augmented community awareness of the Academy and helped increase Academy enrollment.

When not working on her Academy activities, Nancy's hobbies include reading, collecting Royal memorabilia and travel.

Nancy is a highly motivated and dedicated worker who is very deserving of the Academy’s Kauffman Award for outstanding service.

Nancy Meinhardt receives the Academy for Lifelong Learning's Kauffman Award for 2016 from Past President Carl Fields.